Disability Digest 
The monthly DISABILITY RIGHTS e-publication
Disability Network Southwest Michigan
June 2018
Join Us!
Annual ADA Anniversary Celebration 
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Join us for our annual community-wide celebration of the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please join us on Friday, July 27 at our Kalamazoo office (517  E. Crosstown Parkway) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a free lunch, presentations and awards ceremony.  
Follow this link for more information about our ADA Celebration
Affordable Housing For People with Disabilities
Should Not be a Luxury.

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Affordable and adequate housing is a crucial component of disability rights, but is still seriously lacking in the United States. The Department of Housing & Urban Development's recent shift of emphasis on self-sufficiency ignores the reality that many people with disabilities cannot work full time or at all due to the nature of their disabilities.  In this article, the author said that until housing is treated as a human right rather than a privilege people with disabilities should be grateful for, the result will be our continued commodification and exploitation. Follow this link to read the full article on affordable housing.
Ways People Shame Mental Illness Without Knowing It.
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The consequences of mental health stigma are extensive and can prevent people from seeking support that could help them manage their condition. People contribute to that stigma more than they might realize. Much of the unintended shaming is rooted in language and assumptions. Follow this link to learn about some of the ways people contribute to mental illness shaming without realizing it.  
Loopholes in Labor Laws Allow Wage Abuses for
People with Disabilities.

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Recently the Department of Labor (DOL) took action against a company after finding nearly 250 workers with disabilities were being exploited . The organization promoted itself as a non-profit vocational training program for people with disabilities, but in reality operated as a subcontractor for local factories, providing menial tasks to workers with developmental disabilities. The workers were paid sub-minimum wage and often in the form of gift cards. Follow this link to read more about the loopholes that allow sub minimal wage practices
The Fault in Our Stars

At our next Lunchtime Book Club we will be discussing the book AND watching the film The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Join us on Wednesday, August 1, from 12:00 - 2:30 in either our Kalamazoo or St. Joseph office. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the discussion. 

To RSVP and for more information about Disability Network Southwest Michigan's Book Club, visit the Book Club page of our website.
Seeking New Board Members
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Are you looking for a way to become more connected to Disability Network? Do you want to have an active role in the future of Disability Network? If so, we are looking for YOU! We are now accepting applications for members of the board of directors and committees of the board. Please contact Kristen Potts at pottsk@dnswm.org or 269-345-1516, ext. 119 for more information.
Disability Network Southwest Michigan
Kalamazoo Office
St. Joseph Office
517 E. Crosstown Parkway
2900 Lakeview Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 345-1516
(269) 985-0111

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